01-05-2017

the hindu
1.SAARC satellite set for lift-off.

The ‘South Asia Satellite,’ which India has built for use by countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will be launched on May 5.  read more

2.Mr.Trump’s tax cut.

US. President Donald Trump’s tax plan, released as a brief one-page document this week, promises some bold reforms to rejuvenate America’s sluggish economy.  read more

3.Reining in the sharks.

The much awaited Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act is now in effect. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation recently notified 69 out of the 92 sections in total, which set the ball rolling for States to formulate, within six months, rules and regulations as statutorily mandated. .  read more

4.Building holistic ties.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last week, on his third visit to the capital since January 2015, is in keeping with the refreshed Indo-Lanka ties that followed the regime change in Colombo.  read more

5.Kashmir’s unending tragedy.

The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi. Unfortunately this debate has been mainly abusive rather than productive, and as a result it has masked the real issues.  read more

6.Price caps are a bad idea.

Cardiac stents, the medical devices used to prevent fatal heart attacks by allowing the easier flow of blood, are a lifesaver for millions of patients in India.  read more

7.EC for 5-yearban on those bribing voters.

The Election Commission will soon ask the government to disqualify for up to five years candidates listed in charge sheets for bribing voters.  read more

8.Centre for more PSB mergers.

Fresh from the successful merger of five associates with the State Bank of India, the government is looking to consolidate more public banks going forward, with an aim to create only a few lenders of global size and scale.  read more

9.NITI Aayog urges labour reforms.

NITI Aayog has pressed for ‘substantive’ reforms in labour laws to take the country out of the current low-productivity and low-wage jobs situation.  read more

10.Farm suicides get attention of apex court.

A study conducted across 13 States by the Union Agriculture Ministry throws up the all-too-familiar reasons that drive farmers to suicide.  read more

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1.Doctors,health activists urge govt to phase out branded drugs.

Doctors and public health groups have come together to suggest that the government should phase out branded drugs in a calibrated manner and ban differential pricing under different brands to promote generic drug prescriptions. read more

2.Realty Act rollout from today,but states yet to frame rules.

Home buyers can heave a sigh of relief, the long-awaited Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) will be implemented from May 1.  read more

3.Korean Conundrum.

Nerves are being frazzled by a rising arc of sabre rattling in northeast Asia. After the US decided to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to counter North Korea’s nuclear buildup, US President Donald Trump has asserted that a major conflict with Pyongyang was indeed possible.  read more

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1.NITI Aayog pitches for 2-in-1 polls.
2.’Disqualify candidates caught bribing voters’.
3.Real estate Act comes into force with only 13 states having notified it.

Promising to safeguard the right of homebuyers and to bring in more transparency. read more

4.Impact of demonetisation has diminished

Demonetisation is no longer keeping Indian firms bogged down, the latest Business Confidence Survey released by Ficci on Sunday shows. read more

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